When it comes to skin ageing, prevention really is the best form of protection.
As we age, the body undergoes constant physical change. However, as time goes by, the years can start to leave their mark and make us look older than we feel.
Premature ageing is a common concern for a large number of people, many of whom would have seen older family members turn to anti-ageing products to combat the effects of wrinkles and dull skin. As such, it’s not uncommon to wonder whether anything can be done to combat the signs of ageing sooner.
Ditch anti-ageing, think skin prevention
Production of collagen and elastin in the skin slows with age, presenting fine lines and wrinkles, as well as a general loss of firmness. Premature ageing occurs as a result of those processes being sped up by external factors, the effects of which you start to see earlier than expected.
If you’re in your 20s and 30s, and are concerned about the state of your skin, one of the best ways to look after it is to protect against the main culprits of extrinsic ageing. And the number one cause? Sun damage. So, if you’re currently a fan of catching rays to get the perfect tan, you’ll want to reconsider for the sake of your skin.
The good news is that there is a simple solution to avoiding excessive UV damage — namely minimising time in the sun, and wearing a high quality, broad spectrum SPF sunscreen as part of your everyday skincare routine.
Choose a multitasking product such as our Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser Range — combining a daily moisturiser with broad spectrum SPF — or for long periods outdoors, consider our Ultra SunActive SPF 50+ Range; a non-greasy, fast-absorbing sunscreen with broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, as well as a 4-hour water resistance rating.
Another protective measure against skin ageing is to avoid smoking. A habit thought to accelerate the process of skin ageing; smoking dehydrates and depletes the skin of vital nutrients, promoting the appearance of wrinkles and coarse or uneven skin tone.
Choose right for your type
A common feature of anti-ageing products is the use of active ingredients to promote cell turnover and promote healthy collagen production. However, unlike mature skin, young skin may not benefit from such effects in the same way.
Self-diagnosing the skin and selecting anti-ageing specific products may even cause irritation, sensitivity and breakouts in young, generally oilier skin types so it’s important to understand your own unique skin and be guided with the help of a professional.
Rather than piling on layer after layer of various anti-ageing products in your 20s and 30s, focus on finding a good moisturiser to suit your skin type. It’s also wise to start using an antioxidant product to protect your skin from environmental stress such as our Ultra Protective Antioxidant Complex suitable for all skin types, and formulated with Provitamin C, Vitamin E, Silymarin, Ferulic Acid and Caffeine to help reduce the signs of premature and photo-ageing.
And while some in their 20s may benefit from using retinol-based products such as the Ultra A Range to treat acne and uneven skin tone, it is an ingredient which should be introduced gradually to your routine under the guidance of a professional.